India?s Most Wanted
The Noida serial killings have cast an ugly light on the rising crime in the country.india Updated: Jan 06, 2007 00:47 IST
Here’s a list on some of the most grisly ones committed till now:
Geeta and Sanjay Chopra murder (1979): The brother-sister duo were kidnapped and murdered by the dreaded Billa and Ranga while hitching a ride back from school. With the elder sister raped in turns, both children died fighting their captors. The killers were hanged in 1982 and the Janata Party was voted out of power partly because of its mishandlings on the case.
Tandoor murder case (1995): Sushil Sharma, former Youth Congress leader, suspecting his wife Naina Sahni of infidelity, shot her, cut the body to pieces, stuffed it in a sack and attempted to burn it in a tandoor in a Delhi restaurant. Following a countrywide manhunt, he surrendered in 1995 and his trial dragged on for eight years. He was finally given the death sentence in 2003 but has appealed against it.
Graham Staines and sons murder (1999): The Christian missionary and his two young sons Phillip and Timothy were burnt alive while sleeping in their car in Orissa. The triple murder numbed the nation and rocked the BJP-led government, which instituted the Wadhwa Commission that later found Dara Singh, a Hindu fanatic, guilty. He was sentenced to death in 2003; but in 2005 the Orissa High Court commuted this to life imprisonment.
Dawn Eneilie Griggs murder (2004): The disfigured body of this Australian tourist was found near the International Airport. Within hours the police nabbed Jyotish Prasad, her 24-year-old taxi driver who later confessed to robbing, raping and stabbing her in the face. As a result the traffic police further streamlined the taxi system at Delhi airport, while states like Rajasthan introduced special tourist police.
The Delhi-Jaipur highway murders (2006): The police accidentally stumbled on a gang of seven serial killers operating on the Delhi-Jaipur highway, who ran a cab service during the day and offered lifts to people at night only to strangle and rob them. The gang has confessed to at least 35 killings after which they ‘lost count’. Amid a public outcry, the police promised seven different police stations on highways.
The Noida Serial Killings (2006): Local outrage at the increasing number of missing children forced the police to raid businessman Moinder Singh Pandher’s house, only to discover some 15 skulls. More bones and skulls continue to be discovered. The police now believe that both the master and his servant lured more than 22 people, including 15 children, into the house where they raped them before dismembering their bodies. As the public turned violent, the UP government sacked six irresponsible officers and suspended three others.
— Compiled by Cooshalle Samuel
First Published: Jan 06, 2007 00:47 IST